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Get In The Halloween Spirit With Fall Events

Take the family pumpkin picking this fall.
Take the family pumpkin picking this fall. Photo Credit: Rebecca Abma

Hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and haunted houses abound across Northern New Jersey this Halloween season. Here are some of the highlights from Bergen and Passaic counties — and beyond:

  • Abma's Farm Hayrides — Hayrides to the pumpkin patch at the Wyckoff family-owned farm are offered on Saturdays only.
  • Pumpkin Picking at DePiero's — This is the last Halloween season to visit at this Montvale family-owned farm. The property was sold to developers and is the future site of the first Wegman's supermarket in the area.
  • Demarest Farms Pick Your Own Pumpkin — Under new ownership this season, the Hillsdale farm is a local fall favorite for family fun.
  • Brighton Asylum: The Tunnel — Leave children with a babysitter, and then hide under the bed when you get home from this Passaic Halloween attraction.
  • Pumpkin Land Festival & Corn Maze — safe for all ages, with trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and mazes that may let you work off some of the candy in Vernon.
  • The Great Pumpkin Train — Fun for all ages, as long as you make a separate trip for the winery train. Every child gets to pick a free pumpkin, and there is a separate corn maze. Train originates out of Philipsburg
  • Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus. This one is so popular, parents have to buy tickets in advance. It offers trick-or treating, train rides, and — no surprise — animals!
  • Alstede Farms Hay Ride and Corn Maze — The moonlight ride and the corn maze in Chester are not scary at all, making it perfect for the family.
  • Family Fall Festival — The Pompton Lakes festival is not dedicated to Halloween, but it does include hay rides, pumpkin painting, and bag decorating (so trick-or-treaters tote their candy in style.

What are you doing this weekend? Know of something fun that we missed? Tell us in the comments.

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